The objective was to document the improvements in a non-verbal 2-year-old male functioning without the age appropriate receptive language. At the start of his treatment he was unable to pronounce simple vowel sounds.
The 2-year-old boy with apparent motor speech delay reported to the office for chiropractic care. This child was almost completely non-verbal and unable and or unwilling to articulate simple vowel sounds, simple words or word sounds. His expressive vocabulary consisted of 5-8 words that were poorly pronounced and he mainly communicated by crying and or bodily gestures. The child had seen no other professional for this condition nor had he received any treatment by another professional for this condition.
The child received cervical and cranial chiropractic care for 7 visits over 8 weeks using digital vibration with hands (Gonstead technique) and Sigma-Instrument (instrument assisted) technique to correct cervical vertebral and atlanto-occipital segmental dysfunction. Throughout chiropractic care, the child showed steady progress in articulating vowel sounds, word sounds and simple words including pronunciation attempts upon reading words. Parents also report, subjectively, that child has become more “affectionate” and “loving”.
An early intervening course of chiropractic care for the correction of cervical vertebral and atlanto-occipital bone subluxation were associated with improvement in the child’s presenting motor developmental speech delay.
Chiropractic care combined with craniosacral therapy plays an important role in treating children with developmental delays, including speech delays and speech impairments. Numerous studies have revealed proper development and function of the brain relies on proper structure and movement of the spine from an early age. Studies have documented not only that the developing brain relies on healthy structural integrity and joint movement, but that complex neurochemical communication and pathways required for healthy development are tied into spinal biomechanics and their related neurological pathways.
Chiropractic treatment focuses on the structural relationship of the atlas (c-1) and axis (c-2) and the brain-stem. This critical area is important to every function of a person’s body. The Autonomic nervous system is controlled and regulated in the brains-stem. If the top two bones in the neck have misaligned from their bio-mechanical normalcy then this can interfere with normal function of the body including speech development. The upper cervical complex is a unique joint complex protecting very sensitive parts of the nervous system namely the brain stem and the spinal cord with its corresponding nerve roots.
Spinal misalignment can occur due to accidents and injuries and these upper neck misalignments affect the all-important nervous system and cause system dysfunction that can lead to a variety of health problems including speech challenges. Realignment of the joint complex can have far reaching effects in improving speech. Properly correcting this area with gentle chiropractic and craniosacral therapy for pediatrics will have positive effects for improving speech.
A comprehensive, facial, neck, head and intra-oral examination by a trained chiropractor can detect any cranial, spinal or soft tissue compromises, and with proper treatment can be corrected and speech improved. Research demonstrates when a child suffers a misalignment in their upper neck the brain and nervous system is severely affected. Blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow is disrupted, leading to changes in the way the brain is actually functioning.
A gentle Upper Cervical correction of this misalignment changes the way the brain is working and restores proper mental function allowing symptoms to improve naturally and regains the ability to engage in speech. I commonly treat speech delays and impairment with a combination of Chiropractic care and Craniosacral therapy. Reach me if you would like to have a more in depth conversation how both of these treatments may be effective for you and or your child.
About Dr. Kaminsky & Craniosacral Therapy
Dr. Kaminsky is a 1999 graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. He is licensed to practice in NY and has completed close to three thousand hours of professional continuing education since becoming licensed in March of 2000.
The primary approach used in his office is Craniosacral Therapy (CST) which is a method focusing on the cranium (head) and sacrum (a large bone at the base of the spine) scientifically proven to control life sustaining fluid flow throughout the body.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on manual therapy approach that brings about healing via the fluidity of the body. The existence of the Craniosacral System was first discovered by Osteopath Dr. William Sutherland in the early 1900’s, calling it Cranial Osteopathy. And later rediscovered, validated, and developed by Dr. John Upledger in the late 70’s early 80’s, who renamed it Craniosacral Therapy after doing five years of research at the Michigan State University, School of Medicine. In 1983 Dr. John, as he was fondly called, established a teaching institute in Palm Beach, Florida, to teach this cranial sacral method to all healthcare providers. The Upledger Institute is still very active today.
The craniosacral mechanism pumps fluid which is produced in the brain, called cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF), through the fascial network of the body, the purpose of which is to lubricate joints, muscles, organs, all cells and all tissues. It is the driving life force for your body’s systems to function properly, CSF also carries healing properties to bodily traumas, injuries and past surgeries.
The proper function of your cranial sacral mechanism, via CSF flow, maintains the normal tone of your muscles, provide nutrients to your organs, and keeps you out of pain. It sustains human life and allows your nervous system to stay responsive to challenges of daily living and your mind-body life experiences. The better your craniosacral mechanism functions, the better the flow of this life sustaining fluid, the better your body can handle physical and emotional stress. The uninhibited flow of this fluid throughout your body allows you to thrive, opposite of survival mode.
CSF is part of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) brain and spinal cord), which is physically encapsulated within the dural membranes of the spine and head.
One of the functions inside of your brain is to automatically generate energetic rhythmic impulses that function to pump CSF throughout your body, regulating your peripheral nerves, nervous system and organ systems, which in turn, sustain your function (physiology) and life. It is an important force that maintains everything functioning in your body. This is what we call the Craniosacral System, or Craniosacral Mechanism. It is the hydraulic, energetic and rejuvenating system of your body.
This measurable life force of moving fluid is palpable to a trained craniosacral therapist, like the heart rhythm, pulse rhythm, breathing rate, that can all be felt, so too can the Cranial Sacral Rhythm (CSR) be palpated and measured. It is the foundational diagnostic tool in real-time used to evaluate your current state of well-being (or lack thereof), and potential for health improvement and healing.
Compromises of your rhythmic impulse, correlates to CSF flow restrictions in the system which the body is unable to self-correct or overcome on its own. This is the reason why over time we develop pain, dis-ease, symptoms, conditions, mind-body disconnect and basically all human physical and psychological ailments.
When the fluid isn’t flowing optimally, your bodily rejuvenation is affected, and this is where the skill of an experienced craniosacral therapist becomes valuable. By placing his or her hands on your body, most commonly on your head and sacrum, for diagnostic purposes, the practitioner can detect, feel, evaluate, and rate the SSQAR (strength, symmetry, quality, amplitude, rate) of the rhythm; then bring forth correction of any limitations with subsequent experienced hand placements on different parts the body during a session.
A craniosacral therapist helps your rhythm reset, restore and renew allowing for healing to take place of the mind-body connection, musculoskeletal tightness and spasms, neurological deficits, autoimmune issues, organ function, many common conditions, and of course pain. Through a practitioners properly focused and attuned touch, your body is facilitated to release channels of fluid stagnation and flow restriction, which ultimately breakthrough, overcome and improve CSR and the function of vital fluid flow.
Dr. Alex Kaminsky is an advanced practitioner of Craniosacral therapy, having studied up to advanced levels including SER and pediatric courses. He has built a solid foundation with many years of experience, treating babies, children and adults.
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